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Amazon launches Kindle which can be read in the bath

Amazon launches Kindle which can be read in the bath

Amazon doesn't disclose unit sales. The device has become a little bit heavier in the process, jumping from 131 grams to 194 grams, but Amazon says it still measures a slim 3.4mm at its thinnest point. It's super comfortable to hold and has a built-in battery on one side that feels nicely balanced.

It's been an unusually packed year for Amazon gadgets.

Amazon has announced a new version of the Kindle Oasis as it looks to make this flagship reader the most accomplished Kindle so far.

The newest member of the Kindle family is the first to come with water resistance, as we mentioned above. Amazon reduced the new Oasis's bezel size and moved to a slightly larger frame to fit in the bigger screen. Now, Amazon can boast that its IPX8-grade waterproof ereader can be submerged in two meters of fresh water for an hour, which should go some way toward placating Kindle fans. Last year's Oasis relied on an electroplated metal alloy over a standard plastic case.

The design on the rear is similar to the previous Kindle Oasis, with one end thinner than the other, and the thicker end is meant to sit in your fingertips to offer good grip.

The second generation Kindle Oasis also acknowledges consumer love for physical books in its design, which Amazon says has been ergonomically developed to feel like the spine of a book when resting in the hand. But this time, Amazon built the entire battery into the e-reader itself, meaning buyers won't need to use it with an accompanying charging cover in order to experience the e-reader's full battery life.

The battery is now totally self-contained, rather than being split between Kindle and case. It's launching with support for Audible audiobooks. You do, of course, get existing Kindle features such as X-Ray, Whispersync and Goodreads.




Amazon also included a few helpful accessibility features in the new Oasis.

You can now invert the black and white on the display, which will be particularly useful if you're reading in bed at night. It makes the overall reader bigger though, and it's a lot less pocketable.

I didn't have much time to demo the new Oasis, but it's certainly intriguing. Though it's lamentable that such waterproofing is still limited to Amazon's priciest Kindle, the addition is long overdue; competing manufacturers like Kobo have sold waterproof e-readers for years now.

The state-of-the-art office features a rainforest wall made out of spongy green material shaped to look like small trees and blue LED lights that wind through the display to represent the Amazon River. Firstly, the thing has increased in screen size, with a 7-inch E Ink display.

If you want to have free cellular connectivity so you can download books anywhere you want it'll cost £319.99/$349.99 (about AU$450).

Configuration-wise, the new Kindle Oasis starts at £229.99 for the 8GB version.


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